What is the most peaceful religion?

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Buddhism is a nontheistic religion that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, who is commonly known as the Buddha, meaning "the awakened one". According to Buddhist tr... adition, the Buddha lived and taught in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. He is recognized by Buddhists as an awakened or enlightened teacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end their suffering through the elimination of ignorance and craving by way of understanding and the seeing of Dependent Origination and the Four Noble Truths, with the ultimate goal of attainment of the sublime state of Nirvana.Two major branches of Buddhism are generally recognized: Theravada and Mahayana. Theravada has a widespread following in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Mahayana is found throughout East Asia and includes the traditions of Pure Land, Zen, Nichiren Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Shingon, and Tiantai   more
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There is no religion that is peaceful

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Christianityis a monotheistic religion centered on the life and teachings ofJesus of Nazareth as presented in the Holy Bible. Christiansbelieve Jesus to be the Son of God and the Messiah prophesied in theOld Testament. With an estimated 2.1 billion ... adherents in 2001,Christianity is the world's largest religion. It is the predominantreligion in Europe, the Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, the PhilippineIslands, Australia, and New Zealand. Itis also growing rapidly in Asia, particularly in China and SouthKorea. Christianity began in the 1st century AD as a Jewishsect, and shares many religious texts with Judaism, specifically theHebrew Bible, known to Christians as the Old Testament. Like Judaism and Islam, Christianity is classified asan Abrahamic religion   more
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Jainism, traditionally known as Jaina dharma, is an Indian religion that prescribes a path of ahimsa - nonviolence - towards all living beings, and emphasizes spiritual independence and equality between all forms of life. Practitioners believe that ... nonviolence and self-control are the means by which they can obtain liberation. Currently Jainism is divided into two major sects, Digambara and Śvētāmbara.The word Jainism is derived from the Sanskrit verb root jin. It refers to a battle with the passions and bodily pleasures that the Jain ascetics undertake. Those who win this battle are termed as Jina. The term Jaina is therefore used to refer to laymen and ascetics of this tradition alike.Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world. Jains traditionally trace their history through a succession of twenty-four propagators of their faith known as tirthankaras with Rishabha as the first and Mahāvīra as the last of the current era.For long periods of time, Jainism was the state religion of Indian kingdoms and widely adopted in the Indian subcontinent. The religion has been in decline since the 8th century CE   more
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Wicca is a modern pagan, witchcraft religion. It was developed in England during the first half of the 20th century and it was introduced to the public in 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant. It draws upon a diverse set of ancien... t pagan and 20th century hermetic motifs for its theological structure and ritual practice. The word witch derives from Middle English wicche, Old English wicce "witch" and wicca "wizzard".Wicca is a diverse religion with no central authority or figure defining it. It is divided into various lineages and denominations, referred to as traditions, each with its own organisational structure and level of centralisation. Due to its decentralized nature, there is some disagreement over what actually constitutes Wicca. Some traditions, collectively referred to as British Traditional Wicca, strictly follow the initiatory lineage of Gardner and consider the term Wicca to apply only to such lineaged traditions, while other eclectic traditions do not.Wicca is typically duotheistic, worshipping a god and goddess traditionally viewed as a mother goddess and horned god   more
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Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God and by the teachings and normative example of Muhammad c. 570 CE – c. 8 June 632 CE], considered by them to b... e the last prophet of God. An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim.Muslims believe that God is one and incomparable and the purpose of existence is to worship God. Muslims also believe that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial faith that was revealed before many times throughout the world, including notably through Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus, whom they consider prophets. They maintain that the previous messages and revelations have been partially misinterpreted or altered over time, but consider the Arabic Qur'an to be both the unaltered and the final revelation of God. Religious concepts and practices include the five pillars of Islam, which are basic concepts and obligatory acts of worship, and following Islamic law, which touches on virtually every aspect of life and society, providing guidance on multifarious topics from banking and welfare, to family life and the environment   more
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They are all peaceful! Unless taken to exremes.

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Agnosticism is the view that the truth values of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, as well as other religious and metaphysical claims—are unknown or unknowable. According to the philosopher William L... . Rowe, in the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves in the existence of a deity or deities, whereas a theist and an atheist believe and disbelieve, respectively.Thomas Henry Huxley, an English biologist, coined the word agnostic in 1869. However, earlier thinkers have written works that promoted agnostic points of view. These thinkers include Sanjaya Belatthaputta, a 5th-century BCE Indian philosopher who expressed agnosticism about any afterlife, Protagoras, a 5th-century BCE Greek philosopher was agnostic about the gods. The Nasadiya Sukta in the Rigveda is agnostic about the origin of the universe.Since the time that Huxley coined the term, many other thinkers have extensively written about agnosticism   more
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Hinduism is the dominant religion of the Indian subcontinent, and consists of many diverse traditions. It includes Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Shaktism among numerous other traditions, and a wide spectrum of laws and prescriptions of "daily morality" ... based on karma, dharma, and societal norms. Hinduism is a categorisation of distinct intellectual or philosophical points of view, rather than a rigid, common set of beliefs.Hinduism has been called the "oldest religion" in the world, and some practitioners refer to it as Sanātana Dharma, "the eternal law" or the "eternal way" beyond human origins. It prescribes the "eternal" duties all Hindus have to follow, regardless of class, caste, or sect, such as honesty, purity, and self-restraint.Western scholars regard Hinduism as a fusion or synthesis of various Indian cultures and traditions, with diverse roots and no single founder. This "Hindu synthesis" emerged around the beginning of the Common Era, and co-existed for several centuries with Buddhism, to finally gain the upper hand in most royal circles during the 8th century CE   more
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Judaism is the religion, philosophy and way of life of the Jewish people. Judaism is a monotheistic religion, with the Torah as its foundational text, and supplemental oral tradition represented by later texts such as the Mishnah and the Talmud. Jud... aism is considered by religious Jews to be the expression of the covenantal relationship God established with the Children of Israel.Judaism includes a wide corpus of texts, practices, theological positions, and forms of organization. Within Judaism there are a variety of movements, most of which emerged from Rabbinic Judaism, which holds that God revealed his laws and commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai in the form of both the Written and Oral Torah. Historically, this assertion was challenged by various groups such as the Sadducees and Hellenistic Judaism during the Second Temple period; the Karaites and Sabbateans during the early and later medieval period; and among segments of the modern reform movements. Liberal movements in modern times such as Humanistic Judaism may be nontheistic. Today, the largest Jewish religious movements are Orthodox Judaism, Conservative Judaism and Reform Judaism   more
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Heretical Forces of Chaos

Chaos, also known to its servants as the Primordial Truth or the Primordial Annihilator, and to the Imperium of Man as the Archenemy, is the universal and usually malign spiritual force embodied by the malevolent intelligent entities comprised of ps... ychic energy that live in the Warp. Chaos is the equal and opposite of Order. The entities who embody Chaos are mostly daemons, but the term also encompasses those mortals who have thrown in their lot with Chaos, ranging from simple peasants and/or manufactorum laborers who serve as Chaos Cultists, to Traitor Imperial Guardsmen, planetary militia, Imperial nobles, Planetary Governors, and even the mighty Chaos Space Marines and Traitor Titan Legions of the Dark Mechanicus. Chaos is also itself the turbulent psychic energy that comprises the Immaterium and gives shape to the nightmare domains of the individual Chaos Gods that are collectively called the Realm of Chaos by savants of the Inquisition. Chaos is almost synonymous with the Warp -- the two concepts are inseparable, for Chaos is the limitless ocean of spiritual, psychic and emotional energy that defines the Immaterium and underlies the 4-dimensional material universe of space-time. It is a great and raw force of change and power, and is both physically and spiritually corrupting, though it is not in itself necessarily "evil." While its adherents and servants act in ways that are often malevolent, some devotees of Chaos are more dedicated to the service of freedom and change than of the pure selfishness that Mankind and most other intelligent species define as nefarious. However, more often than not, the Chaos Gods reward individual accomplishment in such a way that the ends justify the means, and the absence of hierarchy and emphasis on individual freedom leads to the pursuit of excess and personal aggrandizement that can only be characterized as damnation   more
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Mitt Romney

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Sikhism, or known in Punjabi as Sikhi, is a monotheistic religion founded during the 15th century in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent, by Guru Nanak and continued to progress through the ten successive Sikh gurus. It is the fifth-largest...  organized religion in the world, with approximately 30 million adherents. Punjab, India is the only state in the world with a majority Sikh population.Adherents of Sikhism are known as Sikhs. According to Devinder Singh Chahal, "The word 'Sikhi' gave rise to the modern anglicized word 'Sikhism' for the modern world." Gurmat means literally 'wisdom of the Guru' in contrast to Manmat, which means self-willed impulses.According to Sewa Singh Kalsi, "The central teaching in Sikhism is the belief in the concept of the oneness of God." Sikhism considers spiritual life and secular life to be intertwined. Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru established the system of the Langar, in order to demonstrate the need to share and have equality between all people. Sikhs also believe that "all religious traditions are equally valid and capable of enlightening their followers"   more
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Bennett91 says2014-07-27T06:37:37.9261907-05:00
I'm torn between voting for "they're all peaceful unless taken to the extreme" and "none are peaceful". All religions have violent sects that use religion to justify their actions. But seeing how no single sect gets to define what the religion is they are both peaceful and violent at the same time, hence my dilemma.
Kreakin says2014-07-27T06:46:08.2235732-05:00
Buddhism, whilst least associated with violence, has a pretty long history of violent acts carried out in it's name. (1)"The mercy of Buddha should be recompensed even by pounding flesh to pieces. One's obligation to the Teacher should be recompensed even by smashing bones to bits!" (1) Religion in Japanese History by Joseph M. Kitagawa, pgs 116-117
ben671176 says2014-07-27T07:29:36.8502327-05:00
Are you talking about the religion is peaceful or the people that follow it is peaceful? Please state that please.
Kc1999 says2014-07-27T07:36:24.7875270-05:00
Kreakin: However, if we were to look at the oldest most traditional type of Buddhism, Therevada, we can see that it has been indeed the most peaceful religion in the world. Apart from that, the Ikko Ikki, a group of Buddhist monks who rebelled in the face of "absolute" rule from the Samurai, rose up in self defense, not in the name of religion.
Adam_Godzilla says2014-07-27T07:53:23.3971712-05:00
Agnosticism. Because religion requires bias. Bias requires opinion. Opinion requires protection. Protection requires defensive action. Defensive action requires offensive action. Offensive action requires, well, violence.
Adam_Godzilla says2014-07-27T07:53:44.4887768-05:00
Not a religion but whatever.
lifemeansevolutionisgood says2014-07-27T09:07:21.6722558-05:00
Buddhism might be a pretty peaceful religion, Jainism is, by far, the most peaceful.
lifemeansevolutionisgood says2014-07-27T12:41:42.1719562-05:00
This is pathetic. So many people are just voting for their own religion, regardless of the facts. I could have done that as well, but I actually decided to answer the question HONESTLY. I understand the people voting for Buddhism as it seems like the most peaceful if you do not research religion that much, but come on. Christianity? Islam? None? That is obvious bias voting.
Theunkown says2014-07-27T13:15:20.5994990-05:00
Buddhists burning down Muslim homes in Burma? Buddhists discriminating minorites in Sri Lanka? Why did ppl even vote for them
ChosenWolff says2014-07-27T14:05:22.3936247-05:00
For those of you who took this poll seriously, religion isn't violent. People are.
PetersSmith says2014-07-27T14:06:37.8522758-05:00
ChosenWolff: Why did you change your ideology? I liked "your liberal nightmare".
Kc1999 says2014-07-27T14:08:44.6148053-05:00
THEUNKNOWN: I knew you would say that. In the case of Burma, the tensions were mainly racial; it just happened that they were Buddhists. In Sri Lanka, this is just another case of self defense
ChosenWolff says2014-07-27T14:12:13.8014183-05:00
Peter: I temporarily chose my persona to an ultra conservative KKK member. I forgot to switch it back.
ChosenWolff says2014-07-27T14:15:09.6679265-05:00
The Unknown, you are aware that the Buddhists led a pacifist rebellion against the Burma government. Why do you think the lowered the junta to administrative status?
ChosenWolff says2014-07-27T14:17:20.6084507-05:00
There is no such thing as peaceful or violent religion. Just peaceful or violent culture. Take a look at the difference between post Khmer Indochina and Shogun Japan. One promoted peace and understanding, while the other advocated for violence, honor, and bloodshed.
Kc1999 says2014-07-27T14:20:23.3698495-05:00
@Chosen: One shouldn't compare Therevada with Pure Land
lifemeansevolutionisgood says2014-07-27T14:47:13.1839082-05:00
Okay, people say that the activists of the religions are those that are violent. I wonder, when has any follower of Jainism really done anything violent? I cannot seem to find anything.
yetifivepecks says2014-07-27T17:05:57.8105749-05:00
It's Jainism, by far. They are opposed to harming insects!
yetifivepecks says2014-07-27T17:08:46.8725369-05:00
After Jainism, it would be Buddhism, or possibly Daoism. Christianity? Islam? What the hell? You are just lying to yourselves now.
lifemeansevolutionisgood says2014-07-27T19:40:01.6998850-05:00
I am saddened that bull**** religions like Christianity and Islam are so popular while Jainism has been in decline. If I had to follow a different religion than my own, I would probably choose Jainism. It would be hard, but it would be better than most out there.
ChosenWolff says2014-07-27T19:45:42.7253179-05:00
Jainism is any less bull$hit?
o0jeannie0o says2014-07-27T22:04:02.8620580-05:00
Wicca is the most peaceful. "harm unto none, do as ye will".... There are a lot of wiccans that don't even like cutting a branch from a tree....
lifemeansevolutionisgood says2014-07-27T22:15:10.3364938-05:00
Wicca is not the most peaceful religion... If you think that then maybe you should actually RESEARCH Wicca.
ChosenWolff says2014-07-27T22:16:24.0461089-05:00
Fools, listen to me preach. Religion itself isn't inherently violent. The cultures which develop and stem from religions are often violent.
yetifivepecks says2014-07-28T09:40:05.1060801-05:00
Well, some religion is/was inherently violent. Look at the ancient Aztecs. Human sacrifices and senseless massacres galore. Both usually followed by ritual cannibalism.
ChosenWolff says2014-07-28T11:24:02.6280640-05:00
There are 3 aztec tribes left, and they don't sacrifice people. It is all cultural!
yetifivepecks says2014-07-28T11:26:07.9266783-05:00
What about when the holy books instruct killings?
o0jeannie0o says2014-07-28T19:43:44.7451352-05:00
After an extensive Google search plus my own ten years of research I cannot find anything that says Wicca is even close to being violent or anything but peaceful. Our governing rules are few but many of them are about not harming others or ourselves as if we do we will get whats coming to us. Witchcraft is another story altogether.
lifemeansevolutionisgood says2014-07-28T19:48:10.9174538-05:00
O0jeannie0o: There are no specific "overall governing rules" of Wicca. It allows for MANY things. I am not talking aout witchcraft either as that is clearly a different thing. Wicca is so broad that people disagree on what counts and does not count as being part of Wicca! Maybe the part you listen to is about non-violence, but that does not mean that Wicca, as a whole, is about non-violence.
o0jeannie0o says2014-07-28T22:28:37.4630264-05:00
I suppose that it is possible that not every wiccan who calls themselves a wiccan believes that the harm unto none rule applies to their own practice but then you have to ask what is a wiccan then? Someone who calls themselves that or someone who has most of the core traits of a wiccan? Its kind of like what makes someone a christian, someone who believes in jesus? Calls themselves a christian? Or someone who follows the bible? Lots of questions that way.... In that case this whole pole could be questioned. My point is that ive never heard about any huge acts of violence in the name of wicca.
lifemeansevolutionisgood says2014-07-28T22:30:29.6603840-05:00
Huge acts? No, but that is to be expected since Wicca is 60 years old.
o0jeannie0o says2014-07-28T23:09:41.1981708-05:00
I have trouble finding even small acts as well.
o0jeannie0o says2014-07-28T23:09:44.8015629-05:00
I have trouble finding even small acts as well.
Warik says2014-07-29T19:38:12.3321540-05:00
For those that believe Christianity is the most peaceful religion please look up Lord Resistance's Army
The_Immortal_Emris says2014-07-30T08:52:18.6481881-05:00
Or history from about 35 AD to present day.

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